NewsEducation / March 4, 2014

Hoosier Schools Begin ISTEP+

Jill Sheridan
Hoosier Schools Begin ISTEP+

This winter's wicked weather has caused some Hoosier schools to adjust schedules as ISTEP+ testing gets underway.  Most Indiana families have been notified of any alternate dates for standardized tests.

Last month, the state Board of Education decided to give schools more time to accommodate testing after so many snow days.  The window was extended to March 3-21 and the IREAD3 exam also got a two day extension.

Indianapolis Public Schools decided to delay testing until Monday of next week.  In preparation, IPS suggests families discuss the testing process with students and go over how the day will work. 

Carmel Clay schools will also start testing next week.  Carmel asks parents to make sure students get a good night sleep and a nutritious breakfast saying studies show that students who went to bed an average of 30 minutes earlier had improved test scores.

Teachers across the state have had to come up with ways to accelerate material to cover common ISTEP concepts because of lost days.